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rubio, mccaskill and whitehouse to introduce amendment 3017 to curb the out-of-pocket prescription drug costs proposed to tricare beneficiaries. the department of defense has proposed increase in co-payments for tricare beneficiaries. in some cases, co-payments could almost double or even triple. for example, under the proposal, the out-of-pocket costs for a brand-name drug picked up at a local pharmacy would more than double, increasing from $12 to $26. ensuring the fiscal soundness of tricare is critical but we should limit the burden on beneficiaries in our efforts to shore up the problem. this amendment would cush the out-of-pocket prescription drug costs proposed for tricare beneficiaries. for instance, instead of paying $26 for a brand-name drug, a tricare beneficiary would pay $17 at a retail pharmacy, a $5 increase from last year, as opposed to a $14 increase. and d.o.d. would be prohibited from instituting dramatic increases in prescription drug co-payments in future years. co-payments could only increase at the rate of the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or cola. to protect
amendment numbered 3236, sanders amendment numbered 3248, and rubio amendment numbered 3283. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the amendments will be considered en bloc. is there further debate on the amendments? if not, all in favor say aye. all opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes have it. the ayes are -- the amendments are agreed to en bloc. mr. levin: i move to reconsider. mr. mccain: lay on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. levin: mr. president, there is going to be another hour in here where people have an opportunity to come to the floor and to check on their amendments, and we hope that our colleagues will take advantage of that opportunity. mr. mccain: mr. president, i hope our colleagues' staffs who are observing are -- our deliberations here would think seriously about their amendments and how they can be consolidated, whether they are really need to be considered or not. we are working through large numbers of amendments. we will be probably revealing a finite list, and we hope that we can satisfy all members' conc
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